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Classic American Popular Song: The Sequel - 5

Derek Rivers
The list author says: "CLASSIC AMERICAN POPULAR SONG: THE SECOND HALF-CENTURY, 1950-2000 by David Jenness and Don Velsey

Chapter 3 LATE FLOWERING FROM OLD STOCK continued

JIMMY VAN HEUSEN (1913-90)

All music by Jimmy Van Heusen"
Nobody Else But Me
Nobody Else But Me
"I'm One of Your Admirers (Johnny Burke, lyric - from Carnival in Flanders, 1953) Bobby Short  "an excellent up-tempo song..the A vocal line is sturdy and straight-ahead...B sections use highly compressed, almost overlapped, phrases...with a lightly mocking set of words...a very neat effect""
Lady in Satin
Lady in Satin
"But Beautiful (Johnny Burke, lyric - from Road to Rio, film, 1947) Billie Holiday  "lovely...much recorded""
Ridin' High
Ridin' High
"The Tender Trap (Sammy Cahn, lyric - from The Tender Trap, film, 1955) Robert Palmer  "a winner...a textbook case for popular songs that play with half-steps like a puppy worrying a bone...it's such fun, please don't make me stop!""
Essential Rca Recordings
Essential Rca Recordings
"Love and Marriage (Sammy Cahn, lyric - from Our Town, TV, 1955) Dinah Shore  "bouncy and delightful...with its corny music-hall flourish at the end""
From This Moment On
From This Moment On
"Come Dance with Me (Sammy Cahn, lyric - 1959) Diana Krall  "a big-band sound and brash lyric to match...undeniably swinging...commercial, but just fine""
Dear Mr. Sinatra
Dear Mr. Sinatra
"The Last Dance (Sammy Cahn, lyric - 1959) John Pizzarelli  "daringly strong chromaticism...highly effective...wrenching climax...lyric is excellent""
Dancing in The Dark
Dancing in The Dark
"Only the Lonely (Sammy Cahn, lyric - 1958) Tierney Sutton  "a big song, but slow and quiet...the Cahn lyric slips in the release...but he does a nice change at the end""
All My Tomorrows - Carol Kidd
All My Tomorrows - Carol Kidd
"All My Tomorrows (Sammy Cahn, lyric - from A Hole in the Head, film, 1959) Carol Kidd  "good singers perform...effectively""
The One and Only & Blue Starr
The One and Only & Blue Starr
"I Couldn't Care Less (Sammy Cahn, lyric - 1959) Kay Starr  "a charmer, with a melody line that Kern would have envied...lyrics, again, are imperfect, but the idea for the song...is a good one""
Moonlighting
Moonlighting
"I'll Only Miss Her When I Think of Her (Sammy Cahn, lyric - from Skyscraper, 1965) Gary LeMel  "another good-concept song""
Swingin the Standards
Swingin the Standards
"Everybody Has the Right To Be Wrong (Sammy Cahn, lyric - from Skyscraper, 1965) Bobby Darin  "an up-tempo song in 2/4 with a snappy rhythmic and melodic device""
Sing Along Stew
Sing Along Stew
"High Hopes (Sammy Cahn, lyric - from A Hole in the Head, film, 1959) Linda Arnold  "crass""
Your Songs
Your Songs
"All the Way (Sammy Cahn, lyric - from The Joker Is Wild, film, 1957) Harry Connick Jr.  "obvious""
Michael Buble
Michael Buble
"Come Fly with Me (Sammy Cahn, lyric - 1957) Michael Buble  "self-regarding""
When I Have Sung My Song to You
When I Have Sung My Song to You
"Empty Tables (Johnny Mercer, lyric - 1976) Steven Lawson  "pretty...casual, medium-tempo ballad...a concept sort of song, built on an extended metaphor...but it's a good concept""
Where Did Everyone Go?
Where Did Everyone Go?
"Where Did Everyone Go? (Mack David, lyric - 1963) Nat King Cole  "should be a favorite for jazz pianists as well as for singers, who will be reminded of the story line of the Arlen-Mercer One for My Baby...a bluesy vocal line...beautifully integrated...verse and chorus begin in essentially the same way...a highly professional bit of songwriting, and more""